By Brenda Goh
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s release of “Mulan”, which is set in China and meant to appeal to audiences there, has provoked a backlash on social media over its star’s support of Hong Kong police and for being partly filmed in the Xinjiang region.
Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong and internet users in Taiwan and Thailand are among those who promoted hashtags “#BoycottMulan” and “#BanMulan” on Twitter, following this month’s launch of the film on Disney’s streaming platform.
It will also be shown in cinemas in China – an increasingly important market for Hollywood studios – from Sept 11.
Disney’s shares rose 1.7% to $134.20 on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday as investors shrugged off the backlash on hopes that subscribers to the company’s streaming video service in the United States and other markets paid $30 over the weekend to watch the film